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  • Bullying On All Sides!

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    No matter where we find ourselves in the West, of all the issues facing students,bullying is THE subject of the moment in education in 2017! I hear people of my generation say, It happened in our time too, but we didn't talk about it so much!

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  • Dear teachers, it’s time to go back to school!

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    There are numerous texts available at the beginning of the school year offering supportto students or parents, but the teachers, who are also going through the same turmoil we call the return to school, are forgotten.

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  • The advantages of team teaching

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    The people I've worked with know that I am devoted to team teaching! This type of teaching greatly facilitates the creation of a project and gives students a new perspective on the world, that of cooperation and collaboration!

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  • Learning to overcome obstacles through project-based pedagogy

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    In my classroom, there are many good reasons to achieve something, but it is always necessary to remember that a pedagogical intention hides behind each project! In my opinion, what students learn through a project is difficult to teach using other methods.

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  • How to avoid the traps of project-based pedagogy?

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Over the years, my colleagues and I have encountered many problems during projects that have allowed me to adapt this teaching method to my class and the targeted objectives. How to avoid traps and to implant this type of pedagogy in the classroom?

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  • My definition of Project-Based Pedagogy

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Project-based pedagogy is an old idea brought back to life thanks to a pedagogical renewal. It has been experimented with in the United States and Europe since the end of the 19th century by several great pedagogues such as Freinet, Decroly, Kilpatrick, and Dewey. With the current positioning of pedagogical reform that advances the idea of building knowledge in the student through the creation of projects, many teachers have encountered bad experiences.

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  • Constructivism in our classes

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Through working with teenagers, I have been able to try different pedagogical ideologies. Constructivist pedagogy resulting from the works of Piaget (1970), Bruner (1962-79), Vygotsky (1978-86), and Papert (1980-83) corresponds most to my values ​​and my personality, and best suits my teaching style.

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  • Gardening at school

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Creating gardens in schools is not a recent idea. As early as the end of the 18th century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Johann Pestalozzi felt that contact with nature allowed children to develop healthily. As for Ferdinand Buisson (1911), he already praised the merits of school gardening in his Educational Dictionary as an instructional element to reinforce the indications provided to pupils. However, the idea of ​​creating agricultural spaces to expand the skills of students has become increasingly popular in recent years.

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  • I say yes to technology!

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Technology in education is currently THE hot topic. Some agree with its use in class, others do not. It is normal that this subject develops so much contradiction. Technology may seem frightening, invasive or even disabling. People may also fear the arrival of technology in the classroom because back in their day it was not like that. They fear the unknown or worry about neglecting some important aspects of teaching. But times change, young people evolve and children no longer learn sitting in rows and in silence before a speaking teacher. Today's students have access to the world and all the information they need at their fingertips. Education has no choice but to adapt to the new generation.

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